New polling by Suffolk University for USA Today
BETTER NEWS: A new poll was more upbeat for Democratic candidates than a sounding reported earlier in the week.
offers a better outlook for Arkansas Democrats in the November election, from top-of-the-ticket races to several farther down the ballot. The poll has Democrat Mark Pryor
ahead two points of Republican Tom Cotton
in the race for U.S. Senate and Democrat Mike Ross
two points behind Republican Asa Hutchinson i
n the race for governor. Cotton and Hutchinson led by wider margins in a recent Public Policy poll.
The Suffolk/USA Today poll sampled 500 likely voters Sept. 20-23. The pollsters found a "purple" rather than red state:
Mark Pryor (D) 45
Tom Cotton (R) 43
Asa Hutchinson (R) 43
Mike Ross (D) 41
John Burkhalter (D) 42
Tim Griffin (R) 35
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Mark Martin (R) 35
Susan Inman (D) 34
Nate Steel (D) 36
Leslie Rutledge (R) 36
STATEWIDE ALCOHOL SALES*
*This ballot issue is described by the pollster as, among others, "eliminating dry counties."
Voters split 42-42 in preference for partisan control of Congress. Mike Huckabee
easily led a Republican presidential primary
matchup for 2016 — unless Mitt Romne
y is included. Romney led Huckabee 33-29.
had 70 percent support on the Democratic side.
Also: 55 percent favored an increase in the minimum wage
. The respondents split 56-27 percent in favor of the amendment with ethics, term limit and legislative pay components.
The ballot title refers to "setting term limits," so respondents may have been misled, because the measure actually weakens term limits. But voters may be misled, too.
The margin of error is 4.4 percent.
Here's the summary.
And you can go here for all the details
Republicans will say they are undersampled. Poll shows the 500 broke down this way: 177 Democrats, 155 Republicans, 138 unaffiliated, 26 Libertarian, 4 Green. Most surveys show unaffiliated trend Republican so I'm not ready to instantly say this constitutes a poor sample. Arkansas is moving Republican, though many who vote that way aren't necessarily ready to adopt the label as Democrats of long standing. The poll is about 35 percent Democratic, which sounds about right as a hard-core number.